Seriously, coconut oil is A-MAAAA-ZING. I would swim in it if I could 🙂 There are so many ways to use coconut oil! It is one of the most versatile remedies that heals virtually every ailment. I’ve used it on my face, in my food, and have even used it on my sweet baby boy. What’s more, it’s cheap as chips and is natural. You can buy it in supermarkets or online. There are different sizes, but always ALWAYS use organic so it’s free from toxins, pesticides, chemicals and nasties.
Here are some of the ways I use coconut oil:
1. Skin conditions
I get perioral dermatitis / eczema usually during the winter, but always pull the coconut oil to help heal and sooth. Fractioned coconut oil is best for topical use as it is in pure liquid form, as oppose to trying to mess with coconut paste from a jar and slopping it everywhere. It also can be mixed with essential oils, such as lavender or bergamot, which is good for acne. When I get INSANE cystic acne breakouts, I just dab some fractioned coconut oil on my face and it dissolves pretty quickly.
This is a bit gross (men, hide!) but when I had thrush in my breasts during breastfeeding days, I would use the same fractioned coconut oil my naturopath sent me on my boobs. Within about a fortnight, it completely disappeared. I understand it can also be consumed to help aid in getting rid of candida as it contains antifungal properties, but I suggest you work with a herbalist/naturopath to get the dosage right.
You can just about saute/fry anything in coconut oil. It’s especially delicious in Asian cooking! There’s a bit of debate about whether this ‘makes you fat’ simply because it is a saturated fat. Coconut oil actually contains medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs), which means it’s very easily digested and help increase metabolism. The problem is in hydrogenated vegetable oils, such as canola and sunflower oil (and Maccas Fries oil).
It’s probably not suggested to just down a jar of coconut oil, but everyone who is having a protein shake or smoothie needs to add fat! A few scoops of coconut oil is easy, and means you’re promoting better digestion and will be fuller for longer!
Because coconut oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties, you can use it to clean. It sounds weird, right? Cleaning with oil? Don’t you use soap to clean oil? In actual fact, oil cleans oil better than soap and water, and get makeup off in a better swipe than chemist brand cleansers. If using the oil cleansing method (OCM) for your face, you can use fractioned coconut oil as a carrier oil when mixed with castor oil.
There you have it! Do you have any other methods for coconut oil? If you do, share them in the comments!